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A pioneer occcupational therapist in 50’s and 60’s Ireland: an oral history
Ring, Fiona
Background: The history of Occupational Therapy in Ireland has yet to be documented and the literature suggests there were only a handful of trained occupational therapists working in Ireland in the 1950’s. This study is part of a wider project on the History of Occupational Therapy in Ireland, which seeks to address this gap and follow in the steps of other health professions who recognise the importance of documenting their roots. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to capture the experiences of a pioneer occupational therapist who began working in Ireland in the late 1950’s. The aim is to focus on the early years of her training and career to document her contribution to the beginnings of the profession in Ireland. Methods: A qualitative oral history methodology using a case study research design was adopted. The method of data collection was semi-structured interview. Data analysis was completed using thematic analysis. Findings: This oral history captures the challenges and rewards of being a pioneer occupational therapist working in Ireland in the 1950’s/1960s. Rich descriptions of the use of crafts and the adaptation of machines are presented. The underlying skills, characteristics and attributes of this pioneer were identified through her narrative, as well as key philosophies of the profession that still guide Occupational Therapy today. Conclusion: By documenting the contribution and experiences of this pioneer, it is hoped that this study will add to knowledge of the History of Occupational Therapy in Ireland and will be a useful resource for future generations.
Keyword(s): occupational therapy; Ireland; pioneer occupational therapist
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Type: Master thesis (research)
Peer-Reviewed: No
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Publisher(s): University of Limerick
First Indexed: 2014-09-25 05:35:48 Last Updated: 2015-11-04 05:30:38